Last supper for Kerry Association in Cork?
‘Bigger and better’ children’s book festival coming to Kerry
THIS year’s Children’s Book Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever, with all libraries in Kerry set to come together to help celebrate childrens books and to encourage all families to make time to read.
The festival is set to run from Monday October 23 to Saturday November 4 with each one of the nine branch libraries in the county set host events, with the theme for this years festival set to be ‘PAWS to read’.
“Children have oodles of homework and many after-school activities. They also have lots of distraction from mobile phones, iPads and TVs. This year we are encouraging families to pause and make time to bring children to the library,” said festival organisers.
“With everything from author visits, storytelling, live history shows, to learning how to look after your dog, there really is something for everyone,” they continued.
Visiting authors to events around the county are set to include Michael Smith, Judi Curtin, Debbie Thomas and Valerie Sheehan and there will also be creative writing workshops while Alan Nolan will teach you how to draw cartoons for your own comic book!
Author Roisin Meaney is coming too and she’s bringing a few friends with her including elephants and bad babies, little wolves who don’t like the taste of grannies, baby bumble bees, cat and owls, and lots more.
Dawn from Dogs Trust is visiting with her dog Odie to teach us how to be “dog smart” while Mike Moylan is bringing his interactive Live History Show where children will learn about Middle Age Vikings and Normans.
To book contact your local library or visit www.kerrylibrary.ie. Places are limited. ORGANISING members of the Kerry Association of Cork fear their 56th annual dinner dance next month will be their last as the committee struggles to keep the show on the road without younger members.
Chairman Michael Dineen launched an urgent appeal for fresh blood this week in a bid to ensure the Association’s continued work on behalf of Kerry people living in Cork county and city.
“We are begging all families to encourage their youth living in Cork to try and keep the Association from dying. We are willing to assist or advise in any way you wish to run it now but please do come on board as soon as possible,” Michael urged.
Contact Michael at mickandannedineen@ hotmail.com if you’re interested in helping the Association.